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Host your own Olympian day with a
Mythomagic Party! An EVENT KIT for the PERCY JACKSON THE OLYMPIANS series
A NOTE FrOM rICK rIOrDAN Dear Bookseller: Percy’s biggest battle ever looms over Camp Half-Blood, and it is up to Percy and his friends to hold Kronos and his minions at bay! Welcome to The Battle of the Labyrinth and the Mythomagic Party Event Kit! Many booksellers have reported great success in hosting their own “Percy Party,” and now you can, too. You will find everything you need for a truly Olympian in-store event, including reproducible activities, an event flyer, and a guide to the gods. Best of all, you will find Mythomagic character icons that can be used as take-aways for trading and game-play for fans of all ages. The Battle of the Labyrinth arrives on May 6, 2008, and is the penultimate adventure in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Thank you so much for recommending Percy’s past adventures to your customers. We believe you’ll find The Battle of the Labyrinth to be Percy’s most exciting, surprising, and rewarding odyssey yet! Regards,
Table of contents
Setting the Stage for an Olympian Event............................ 2 Draw Your Own Kampê Monster....................................... 3 Escape the Labyrinth ........................................................... 4 Percy Jackson Word Search.................................................. 5 Twelve Olympian Gods + 2................................................. 6 Olympian Crossword Puzzle....................................... 7 Improvisational Greek Theater........................... 8–9 An Interview with Rick Riordan..................... 10–11 Answer Page......................................................... 12 Event Poster.......................................... 13
Setting the Stage for an Olympian EVENT! Our suggestions for an a-MAZE-ing party! 1) Dress the Part Invite guests to come in costume, dressed as their favorite Percy characters and/or Greek
gods. Give a prize for the most original costume.
2) Happy Birthday, Percy! Every year, Percy’s mom gives him a “blue” birthday party. Make your event
blue for Percy. • Blue punch • Blue birthday cake • Blue corn chips • Blue dip (just a few drops of food coloring make any dip blue-licious!) As a special treat, find a Poseidon look-alike to come and dispense party favors based on a blue or Hawaiian theme, just like Santa Claus! (Be sure to use recyclable or washable plates and cups, to be kind to the environment!)
3) Make Name Tags
As your guests arrive, ask them to fill out name tags. In the space provided, ask the guests also to indicate a magical godly gift, like Annabeth’s cap of invisibility, or Percy’s sword, that is transformed from an everyday object.
4) Host a “Chariot Race”
Go outside and have guests represent different “chariots” as they run through a maze constructed of simple elements like chairs and boxes. Decorate the elements to represent traditional Greek objects such as vases, statues, horses, and chariots.
5) Percy Jackson Trading Cards
Enclosed you will find 20 sheets of trading cards (10 each of 2 sets). Cut them up any way you like, and share with your participants. Encourage them to trade and share like true Olympians!
Draw Your Own Kampe Monster Percy describes Kampê, the jailer of Alcatraz, in the following words: “I got the feeling I was looking at something half formed, a monster so old it was from the beginning of time, before shapes had been fully defined.” The qualities of Kampê: Beware! These qualities can change drastically, depending on how Kampê is feeling at any given time!
• Dragon’s lower body, black and scaly, with enormous claws and barbed tail • Woman’s body from the waist up • Legs covered in sprouting snakes looking for something to bite • Hair like Medusa’s, also made of snakes • Around its waist, animal heads, constantly erupting—such as bear, lion, wolf—almost like a vicious, living belt
Be creative! Mix it up! Make Kampê as horrible as possible!
Escape the Labyrinth Make your way through the maze – but beware the monsters! (Solution on page 12.)
Percy Jackson Word Search Discover the hidden words lurking in this puzzle! (Solution on page 12.)
(The Percy Author!)
The Twelve Olympian gods + 2 A handy chart for all Olympians! God / Goddess zeus
Sphere of Control sky
animal / symbol eagle, lightning bolt
hera motherhood, marriage
cow (motherly animal), lion, peacock
red poppy, barley
anvil, quail (hops funny, like him)
wisdom, battle, useful arts
dove, magic belt (that makes men fall for her)
wild boar, bloody spear
music, medicine, poetry, archery, bachelors
maiden girls, hunting
travelers, merchants, thieves, messengers
caduceus, winged helmet and sandals
hestia home and hearth
crane (gave up her council seat for Dionysus)
Helmet of terror
Olympian Crossword Puzzle Test your knowledge of Percy Jackson and the Olympians! (Solution on page 12.)
ACROSS 2. Lord of the Dead 5. The ____ Fates 6. Percy’s best friend 7. Percy’s half-brother Tyson is a ___ 11. This monster wears Fruit of the Loom underwear 13. Percy’s cousin, daughter of Zeus 14. Percy is entering this year at school 16. Percy has the ability to control this element 17. God of the Sea 18. Hot-tempered female bully, daughter of Ares 20. Another name for a half-blood 25. Also known as “The Kindly Ones” 26. Percy’s mom loves food that is this color. 28. Percy’s magical sword 29. Annabeth’s hat makes her turn this 30. Luke is the son of this god
DOWN 1. Percy’s Birthday Month 2. Wife of Zeus 3. Titan Lord 4. Lord of the Sky 5. Dr._______ (evil manticore in The Titan’s Curse) 8. Activities Director at the Camp 9. Medusa’s hair is made of these 10. Camp visited by Percy and friends 12. Annabeth is deathly afraid of these creatures 15. Nike is the goddess of _____ 19. Zeus’s mother 21. Name of the link Percy and Grover share 22. Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades are all ____. 23. Hydras have multiple ____ 24. Thalia had once been turned into a ______ 27. Aphrodite is the goddess of _____.
The story of Daedalus and Icarus is one of the most poignant in Greek mythology and plays an important part in The Battle of the Labyrinth. Pick your favorite retelling of the myth and choose a cast and narrator. Create an improvisational theater with your guests. Give everyone a sheet with character descriptions and an outcome, and watch the show!
Daedalus Son of Athena. A brilliant inventor with a dreadful secret, he builds the Labyrinth, a maze, to contain the monstrous Minotaur. Daedalus is imprisoned in the Labyrinth and, knowing his only escape is by air, builds wings. He and his son, Icarus, escape, using the wings he has created. He warns Icarus not to fly too close to the sun, or the beeswax holding the feathers will melt. Daedalus mourns when Icarus falls to his death.
Minos King of Crete. He is a vengeful king, who is angry at Daedalus for helping his daughter, Ariadne, and Theseus escape the Labyrinth after Theseus defeats the Minotaur. Minos imprisons Daedalus in the Labyrinth.
Icarus Son of Daedalus. Imprisoned with his father, he escapes with his father, using the wings his father created. Freedom is sweet, and he flies too close to the sun, which loosens the feathers, causing Icarus to fall to his death.
Greek Theater Daedalus
As told by Thomas Bullfinch in THe Age of Fable The labyrinth from which Theseus escaped by means of the clew of Ariadne was built by Daedalus, a most skilful artificer. It was an edifice with numberless winding passages and turnings opening into one another, and seeming to have neither beginning nor end, like the river Maeander, which returns on itself, and flows now onward, now backward, in its course to the sea. Daedalus built the labyrinth for King Minos, but afterwards lost the favor of the king, and was shut up in a tower. He contrived to make his escape from his prison, but could not leave the island by sea, as the king kept strict watch on all the vessels, and permitted none to sail without being carefully searched. “Minos may control the land and sea,” said Daedalus, “but not the regions of the air. I will try that way.” So he set to work to fabricate wings for himself and his young son Icarus. He wrought feathers together, beginning with the smallest and adding larger, so as to form an increasing surface. The larger ones he secured with thread and the smaller with wax, and gave the whole a gentle curvature like the wings of a bird. Icarus, the boy, stood and looked on, sometimes running to gather up the feathers which the wind had blown away, and then handling the wax and working it over with his fingers, by his play impeding his father in his labors. When at last the work was done, the artist, waving his wings, found himself buoyed upward, and hung suspended, poising himself on the beaten air. He next equipped his son in the same manner and taught him how to fly, as a bird tempts her young ones from the lofty nest into the air. When all was prepared for flight he said, “Icarus, my son, I charge you to keep at a moderate height, for if you fly too low the damp will clog your wings, and if too high the heat will melt them. Keep near me and you will be safe.” While he gave him these instructions and fitted the wings to his shoulders, the face of the father was wet with tears, and his hands trembled. He kissed the boy, not knowing that it was for the last time. Then rising on his wings, he flew off, encouraging him to follow, and looked back from his own flight to see how his son managed his wings. As they flew the ploughman stopped his work to gaze, and the shepherd leaned on his staff and watched them, astonished at the sight, and thinking they were gods who could thus cleave the air. They passed Samos and Delos on the left and Lebynthos on the right, when the boy, exulting in his career, began to leave the guidance of his companion and soar upward as if to reach heaven. The nearness of the blazing sun softened the wax which held the feathers together, and they came off. He fluttered with his arms, but no feathers remained to hold the air. While his mouth uttered cries to his father it was submerged in the blue waters of the sea which thenceforth was called by his name. His father cried, “Icarus, Icarus, where are you?” At last he saw the feathers floating on the water, and bitterly lamenting his own arts, he buried the body and called the land Icaria in memory of his child.
An interview with Rick Riordan Adapt this interview with the popular author of the Percy and the Olympians series for your Web site or newsletter. Send it to your community paper with information about your Mythomagic party. Question: The stakes have been raised again for Percy and his demigod friends in The Battle of the Labyrinth. How did the idea for the setting of the Labyrinth and its ability to adapt to its inhabitants come to you? The Labyrinth is the single most fascinating place in Greek mythology. Since I was a kid, I’ve dreamed about exploring it with sword in hand, looking for monsters! I started thinking about what the Labyrinth would be like in Percy’s world. If gods and monsters have adapted to modern America, why not the maze? The Labyrinth has become the ultimate challenge. It wends its way under the entire country and can lead you anywhere you want to go, but it will try to thwart you at every turn. Navigating the maze is the most dangerous quest Percy has ever undertaken, and he quickly learns he’s going to need help. Percy has girl trouble for the first time in this book. How did Rachel Elizabeth Dare develop? Where did her name come from? Is her art project/fund-raiser based on a true story? How did you develop the idea of mortals who see through the mist? In the Titan’s Curse, Aphrodite promised that she was going to make things “interesting” for Percy, and the goddess of love fulfills her promise in The Battle of the Labyrinth. Like many of my characters, Rachel Elizabeth Dare just popped to life in my mind. I’m not sure where she came from. She is feisty, outspoken, and creative, and at first Percy is not sure what to make of her. Rachel is completely mortal, but she can see through the Mist even more clearly than half-bloods. This idea came from Greek mythology. There have always been some humans, like Tiresius and Cassandra, who could see the world of the gods clearly even though they had no other powers. Percy finds himself relying on Rachel. Annabeth, to say the least, is not pleased. The scene in Times Square, where Rachel’s art club is raising money, is right out of real life. I was passing through Times Square one day and saw a high school art club outside the Marriott. They were painted metallic and standing like statues, raising money for their program. I thought, That’s what Rachel Dare would do. And so I made it happen! Grover finally learns the truth about Pan and seems to grow in the process. Why is Pan important to his community? To the world? Yes, Grover does learn the truth about Pan. For centuries, the satyrs have been growing increasingly concerned about the state of the earth. The wild is disappearing. Pan’s domain is almost gone.
Humans are mucking up the environment. Grover is desperate to find Pan, and when he learns the truth about the god’s long absence, he has to do some serious soul-searching. I think we can all relate to Grover’s desire to find Pan. We look around the world; we read headlines about global warming and ecological disasters. Wouldn’t it be nice if Pan, the god of nature, could set everything right for us? But of course in real life, as in mythology, the answers never come easily. Do heroes ever prove themselves, or is it a never-ending process? Is there ever a happy ending, or is it just delayed doom? In Greek mythology, heroes hardly ever have a happy ending. They struggle ceaselessly. They prove their bravery and ingenuity over and over, but in the end, they succumb to their fatal flaws or they are brought low by fate. Still, we remember them for their efforts. They become immortal because they struggled against impossible odds. Will Percy have a happy ending? I can’t tell you! His mother named him Perseus because the original Perseus was an exception to the rule. He lived happily ever after. Book five will tell if Percy is able to live up to his namesake. What’s your favorite monster in The Battle of the Labyrinth and why? So many great monsters! It’s hard to choose, but I would have to say Mrs. O’Leary, the friendly hellhound. She’s a little intimidating, being the size of a tank and chewing the heads off warrior mannequins, but she proves a very important helper in Percy’s quest. Daedalus is such a fascinating figure—was it hard to wait for the fourth book before you gave him flesh, so to speak? The inventor Daedalus has always been one of my favorite figures in mythology. He’s really the precursor to every great mortal thinker, from da Vinci to Einstein. It was great fun imagining what his workshop would be like, and what he would’ve been inventing over the last few thousand years if he were still alive. He’s a troubled person. He has a lot of anger and bitterness, but he’s also brilliant. The big question for me was: Will he be an enemy or a friend for Percy? The Battle of the Labyrinth hinges on the answer. Question: What’s next for Percy and the Olympians? Book five—the big finale! I’m writing the conclusion for the series right now, and I’m having so much fun. Will Olympus fall? Is Percy really the hero of the prophecy? Will Annabeth and Percy ever get together? Will Luke escape the clutches of Kronos? Will Grover ever learn to play something besides Hilary Duff on his wooden pipes? All of the big questions are finally answered. I can promise quite a few surprises, and a battle of . . . well, Olympic proportions. It will be the final chapter of Percy’s story, though I’m not closing the door on Camp Half-Blood forever. There are many other possible stories there, and it’s a place I would love to return some day. We’ll just have to see what the future holds!
Answer page ANSWERS to OLYMPIAN CROSSWORD
SOLUTION to PERCY JACKSON WORD SEARCH
SOLUTION to WORKSHOP of DAEDALUS MAZE
The a-MAZE-ing Mythomagic Party You are cordially
invited . . .
to track down and defeat terrifying monsters, navigate the most complex maze in the history of the world, and solve truly mindboggling puzzles, and to become a master demigod expert worthy of Percy himself!
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